NLS Operations Alert No. 19-24

DATE                     :               April 19, 2019
TO                          :               Network Libraries
FROM                   :               Kristen Fernekes, Head, Communications and Outreach Section
SUBJECT               :               Frank Kurt Cylke (1932–2019)

The NLS team is remembering Frank Kurt Cylke, who led the agency from 1973–2011 and passed away this week at the age of 87. Cylke oversaw major changes in the braille and talking-book program at both ends of his tenure: first the transition from records to cassettes and then, years later, from cassettes to digital cartridges and downloads. The American Library Association honored Cylke in 1994 with its Joseph W. Lippincott Award for a lifetime of distinguished service.
In a 2011 interview with the National Federation of the Blind’s Braille Monitor, Cylke was asked to reflect on his 38 years at NLS. “I think the highlight of my service was making a rapprochement with the organized blind community, understanding how important the library program was and is for information and recreation to the community, and turning the program into a consumer-oriented program,” he said.

For more information contact:

Kristen Fernekes
Head, Communications and Outreach Section